Why am I wetting the bed?

Sometimes you don’t notice that you need to wee while you’re asleep, or you notice it a bit too late to wake up and go to the toilet. When this happens, you wake up wet.

It’s common. A lot of kids your age go through it - you probably have a few friends who also wet the bed, even if they don’t talk about it with you. So never think that you are alone.

Remember that you can always talk about it with your parents, and that you will get through this together.

How weeing works:

Knowing how your body works and makes wee can help you understand bedwetting a lot better:

  • There are two small parts in your body called kidneys.

  • Kidneys take on everything your body needs to be healthy and then turn everything you don’t need into wee.

  • When you go to sleep at night, your brain tells your kidneys to slow down so they don’t make too much wee.

  • After the wee leaves your kidneys, it passes into a round container called the bladder

  • The bladder can stretch like a balloon to hold all of your wee until you feel like you need to go to the toilet. That’s when it travels through the urethra, which is like a pipe.

  • At night, your bladder is supposed to send your brain a message to wake you up to go to the toilet. When your brain doesn’t get the message, then you might wet the bed.